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Don't Panic--Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family [Kindle Edition]

Susie Martinez , Vanda Howell , Bonnie Garcia
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Great meals for your busy family!

We're all busy, but that doesn't mean we have to eat like we are. You don't have to settle for feeding your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives or fat-laced fast food. Quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen are easy with delicious recipes like

Southwestern Baked Cheese Dip
Thai Chicken Wraps
Walnut Spinach Salad
Homestyle Mac & Cheese
Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Oven Roasted Orange Chicken
Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sandwiches
Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Fruit Pizza
Mexican Chocolate Mousse
and many more

From quick meals made on the grill or in the sauté pan to crockpot dishes that require little prep and cook while you're out for the day, the recipes in this cookbook are tasty and nutritious--and require less hands-on preparation than traditional meals. Easy appetizers and desserts; one-dish casseroles and pastas; simple soups, salads, and side dishes; and even fast breakfasts round out the selections. Meals that are freezer-friendly are marked for those who want to make ahead.

Give your family the best--the easy way!


Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell, and Bonnie Garcia are the authors of the popular Don't Panic--Dinner's in the Freezer and Don't Panic--More Dinner's in the Freezer.


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Great meals for your busy family!

We're all busy, but that doesn't mean we have to eat like we are. You don't have to settle for feeding your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives or fat-laced fast food. Quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen are easy with delicious recipes like

Southwestern Baked Cheese Dip
Thai Chicken Wraps
Walnut Spinach Salad
Homestyle Mac & Cheese
Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Oven Roasted Orange Chicken
Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sandwiches
Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Fruit Pizza
Mexican Chocolate Mousse
and many more

From quick meals made on the grill or in the sauté pan to crockpot dishes that require little prep and cook while you're out for the day, the recipes in this cookbook are tasty and nutritious--and require less hands-on preparation than traditional meals. Easy appetizers and desserts; one-dish casseroles and pastas; simple soups, salads, and side dishes; and even fast breakfasts round out the selections. Meals that are freezer-friendly are marked for those who want to make ahead.

Give your family the best--the easy way!


Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell, and Bonnie Garcia are the authors of the popular Don't Panic--Dinner's in the Freezer and Don't Panic--More Dinner's in the Freezer.

About the Author

Susie Martinez is the elementary director of Southern Gables Church in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in social work. The mother of two, Susie and her family live in Colorado.

Vanda Howell attended Colorado State University and now serves as the administrator for the performing arts ministry at her church and sings on the praise team. A real estate appraiser, Vanda and her family live in Colorado.

Bonnie Garcia is a graduate of Grace College. A pediatric nurse, she is also the busy mother of three sons. Bonnie and her family live in Colorado.

Susie, Vanda, and Bonnie are the authors of Don't Panic--Dinner's in the Freezer and Don't Panic--More Dinner's in the Freezer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1992 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800719948
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KO82FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"Great meals for your busy family" describes this cookbook well. The quick and easy meals in this book are healthy and include ingredients that you usually have around. Each recipe includes the prep time, total time, and nutritional information. The book is divided into sections including: appetizers; breakfast, breads, brunch; soups, salads, and sides; pasta; crockpot collection; baked oven dishes; grilling and marinades; skillets and sautes; and a dessert section.

My favorite section was the crockpot collection. I made the Succulent Teriyaki Chicken. Oh my heavens, was it good! The kids liked it too which is always a plus. And talk about easy! Here's the recipe:

Succulent Teriyaki Chicken

3.5 lbs chicken breasts

1/4 C brown sugar, packed

1/4 C soy sauce

3T lemon juice

3T water

1 clove garlic (I left out since I hate garlic)

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 C flour

1/4 C water

Place chicken breasts in crockpot. Mix together sugar, soy sauce, lemon, water, garlic, and ginger. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on high 4 hours, until chicken is tender. Pour juices from chicken into saucepan. In separate small bowl, mix together flour and cold water until smooth, then whisk into juices in saucepan. Cook on medium heat until sauce is thickened and smooth. Pour over chicken in crockpot and heat on low until warmed through. Serve with rice.

I highly recommend this cookbook. It's so easy to use, well organized, and includes a great variety of family friendly choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks too! You couldn't go wrong investing in this book.

This book was given to me to review from the Baker Publishing Group. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the author's freezer meal cookbooks May 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
When the "Don't Panic" series of cookbooks came out I was a huge fan. I loved the idea of cooking all of my meals in 1 or 2 days and not having to cook the rest of the month. The cookbooks were easy to use, had great tips for freezing meals and had some great recipes for every day meals. They were thematic and organized by types of meat, soups, etc.

So, when I had the opportunity to review their latest cookbook I was really excited. I really wanted to like this cookbook. I mean, who doesn't love a "quick and easy" cookbook? I own many quick and easy cookbooks that I love that have great recipes that utilize fresh and flavorful ingredients. Unfortunately, I just couldn't see how this cookbook would be useful to me. The introduction to the book says it all, "we are finally able to share some of our longtime favorite recipes with you that we left out of our previous books because they are not suitable for the freezer." That statement is true. The cookbook reads more like a group of women getting together to share their favorite recipes (i.e. a "community cookbook" or a "church cookbook)." As I read through the cookbook I came across several recipes that were already familiar to me.

I mean everyone who has been cooking for any length of time has a Chinese Chicken salad recipe with green onions, almonds and sesame seeds right? If you've ever been on the South Beach Diet then the "Beef Kabobs with Peanut Lime Dipping Sauce" will be familiar. If you watch Rachel Ray then the "Thai Chicken Wraps" will ring a bell and if you watch "Everybody Loves Raymond" then the "Lemon Chicken" recipe will make you laugh (ok, I threw that last one in for humor but you get the picture).

I took the time to make a few of the recipes (Spicy Pecans and Homestyle Mac & Cheese).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The front cover of this softbound cookbook is so beautiful! Can we say, "drooling" here? In all fairness, though, I want you to be aware that this cookbook doesn't contain any photos or drawings inside. For those of you who absolutely must have photos or graphics in your cookbooks, this may not be the cookbook for you.

Some of these meals are designed to make large batches - if desired - so the ingredients lists on the recipes are two-fold. The regular list is designed for 4-6 servings, while the second "large batch" list is designed for making extra for a large crowd or putting away some freezer meals for another busy evening.

If you are a "whole foods" person, some of the recipes contain convenience food ingredients. You can adapt the recipe to fit your needs, but it will probably take longer to prepare many of the recipes than the directions say.

I personally have enjoyed the recipes we have tried. If you need a comparison as to the style of this cookbook, I'd say that the style of cooking is similar to Pioneer Woman's cookbooks, without the photos. If you are familiar with Pioneer Woman, you'll know what I mean!

I would also like to note a pet peeve of mine in recipe cookbooks. When the preparation times are listed for recipes, and the ingredients list calls for "cooked and diced chicken" or already prepared meats or cooked pastas, etc., I think the prep time to cook those items needs to be added to the time in the recipe. Only those who have unlimited funds to spend on groceries are going to be able to afford to purchase "already cooked and sliced or diced" meats, etc. For the average American family, this isn't practical because it is too expensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love it. Great book. Helps with the rush of everyday life. Would like to recommend it to others. Mmm mmmm
Published 16 months ago by Kristi Lasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes
This book is a good source of inspiration for frozen make ahead meals. I love cookbooks and this one is a keeper.
Published 24 months ago by J. Noble
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice recipes...
Although there are some recipes in the book that look ok, I was disappointed that nothing really stood out to me as something I was dying to try. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Karen Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars quick, easy and oh so yummy!
I love this cookbook! Since there are three authors, each one of them share their favorite dish in each section. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Loren M. Mcghee
3.0 out of 5 stars After reading it...it needs pictures.
If I had seen this cookbook in the store, the Title would have grabbed my attention, but I probably would have put it back on the shelf after browsing through it. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by loving5kids
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Panic - Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for your Family
The first recipe that I tried was easily adaptable. My family all agreed it was delicious, and we will repeat it. Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by mommiejenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Quick and Easy Recipe Book
Don't Panic Quick and Easy Delicious Meals for Your Family
By Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell and Bonnie Garcia

This cookbook is just what is says, Quick and Easy! Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by ibjoy1953
4.0 out of 5 stars Some are easy. Some are 'freezey'. Some are in the pot!
I don't feel I have the same amount of time to cook the home-made meals my mom or grandma used to make. Year after year the external obligations on my time grow and grow. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Suzanne wesley
5.0 out of 5 stars I keep this in my minivan so I don't have to stress at the grocery...
Let me introduce you do my new favorite cookbook! The "Don't Panic" cookbook is now a staple I keep inside my minivan for spur of the moment grocery runs. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by R. Sattazahn
4.0 out of 5 stars It is quick, easy and yummy!
I love the way this cookbook is set up - some great sections with yummy recipes.
1) Small Bites and Appetizers
2) Breakfast, Breads, and Brunch
3) Soups, Salads, and... Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by Janna R. Ryan
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Susie Martinez is the elementary director of Southern Gables Church in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in social work. The mother of two, Susie, her family live in Lakewood, Colorado.


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